Inside Delta Force: The Story of America's Elite Counterterrorist Unit is the fascinating account of Eric L. Haney's experiences as one of the founding members of Delta Force, a section of the military which is top secret. Members of Delta Force blend in with the U.S. population and the army doesn't actually acknowledge their existence. Delta Force was started by Colonel Charlie Beckwith, and members recruited included soldiers, CIA operatives, Secret Service and even criminals who brought with them a wealth of knowledge regarding explosives.
Haney and others went through a rigorous training process which was partly physical and partly mental. In-between the physical exercises they were subject to, they would be asked to read maps, do math or fill out psychological evaluations. They had to do a series of hikes where they were given heavy backpacks and a set of coordinates. Once they reached their destination, they would get another set of coordinates, and the process was repeated several times, making it as grueling as possible. As a kind of final test, members of Delta Force were asked to elude the FBI in the Washington D.C. area, and they managed to do this successfully.
After the training was over, Haney was involved in several missions, especially in Central America, and he talks about "Mr. Reagan's secret wars in Central America" — operations that the American public never even heard about. There were times when Delta Force was on the verge of completing a mission such as, for example, taking out hijackers, when they were asked to stand down. Haney is quite outspoken in his criticism of the government, sometimes for interfering in matters unnecessarily and, at other times, for not interfering at all.
Overall, this book is a fascinating read and takes you deep into the world of anti-terrorism missions the world over. Even though it's a work of non-fiction, the narrative keeps the reader moving from page to page, wondering what will happen next.
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Eric L. Haney was born and raised in Lindale, Georgia where he attended high school. He entered the army right after graduating and was advancing along the ranks when he decided to try out for the Delta Force Unit. Out of the 163 people who tried out for Delta Force, he was among the 12 who were selected. He stayed with the unit until 1990, completing missions in Central America and the Middle-East. Since then, he has worked as a security consultant, bodyguard and private kidnap rescuer. The CBS television series, The Unit was inspired by Haney's experiences with Delta Force and he is one of its co-executive producers.
The inspiration for the hit television series The Unit
Delta Force. They are the US Army’s most elite top-secret strike force. They dominate the modern battlefield, but you won’t hear about their heroics on CNN. No headlines can reveal their top-secret missions, and no book has ever taken readers inside—until now. Here, a founding member of Delta Force takes us behind the veil of secrecy and into the action to reveal the never-before-told story of First Special Forces Operational Detachment-D (Delta Force).
He is a master of espionage, trained to take on hijackers, terrorists, hostage takers, and enemy armies. He can deploy by parachute or arrive by commercial aircraft, survive alone in hostile cities, speak foreign languages fluently, strike at enemy targets with stunning swiftness and extraordinary teamwork. He is the ultimate modern warrior: the Delta Force Operator.
In this dramatic behind-the-scenes chronicle, Eric Haney, one of the founding members of Delta Force, takes us inside this legendary counterterrorist unit. Here, for the first time, are details of the grueling selection process—designed to break the strongest of men—that singles out the best of the best: the Delta Force Operator.
With heart-stopping immediacy, Haney tells what it’s really like to enter a hostage-held airplane. And from his days in Beirut, Haney tells an unforgettable tale of bodyguards and bombs, of a day-to-day life of madness and beauty, and of how he and a teammate are called on to kill two gunmen targeting US Marines at the Beirut airport. As part of the team sent to rescue American hostages in Tehran, Haney offers a first-person description of that failed mission that is a chilling, compelling account of a bold maneuver undone by chance—and a few fatal mistakes.
From fighting guerrilla warfare in Honduras to rescuing missionaries in Sudan and leading the way onto the island of Grenada, Eric Haney captures the daring and discipline that distinguish the men of Delta Force. Inside Delta Force brings honor to these singular men while it puts us in the middle of around-the-world action that is sudden, frightening, and nonstop. Download and start listening now!